Academic journal article Science and Children

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Academic journal article Science and Children

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

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This issue marks my last Science 101 column, so I figured, why not use a title that only half of you will understand? This is notjust my last Science 101 column but, barring some unforeseen project in the future, the last thing I am writing for NSTA. Although I still feel (and act!) like a kid most of the time, my body decided to compensate by getting older really fast. I've had nine major operations (six were back fusions) and one mini-stroke in the last 15 years, and that has created a situation where it's difficult to write and impossible to travel and do teacher workshops across the country. When I learned that I needed the most recent surgery, I decided it was time to retire and do things I want while I can. I didn't quite reach my writing goals, as I wanted to complete an entire series of classroom activities for grades 5-9 that could be used as a curriculum that followed the Next Generation Science Standards. I feel I have let down the folks at NSTA on that one, but I hope that the books I have written will continue to help teachers for many years.

There are too many people to thank for the great time I've had writing for NSTA, so the following list is not comprehensive. First and foremost, I thank former NSTA Publisher David Beacom for taking a chance on an off-the-wall series of books for teachers, and I thank NSTA Press Director Claire Reinburg for helping make the series a reality. …

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